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Pretty Lights, a multifandom actor RPF archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Pretty Lights was a multifandom actor RPF Secret Santa challenge which ran from 2005 to 2010. The archive for the challenge is now closing for financial reasons.

Open Doors will be working with diana, the archivist, to import Pretty Lights into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from Pretty Lights to the AO3 collection after March.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Pretty Lights?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Pretty Lights pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you've changed email addresses.
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself. (Including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet.)
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you can't access the email account you used for your original archive account, please let us know. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, or contact the Open Doors committee.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Pretty Lights on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Pretty Lights!

- The Open Doors team

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Born For War, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3). In this post:

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Born For War was an archive for multifandom works (chiefly het fanfiction), opened by Delenn in May 2000. Originally it housed only Xena/Ares (Xena: Warrior Princess) works, but later expanded to include Max/Alec (Dark Angel), Angel(us)/Darla (Angel: the Series), and Spike/Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) works. For a brief period, it also housed works focused on Drusilla (BtVS/AtS), which were later absorbed into the respective show sections. In order to preserve the works that would have been lost when the archive closed in 2015, Open Doors will be working with Delenn to import Born For War into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from Born For War to the AO3 collection after January.

What does this mean for creators who had work(s) on Born For War?

We will send an import notification to the e-mail address we have for each creator. We'll do our best to check for an existing copy of any works before importing. If we find a copy already on the AO3, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it. All works archived on behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Please contact Open Doors with your Born For War pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims. Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can. We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Born For War on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips. We're excited to be able to help preserve Born For War! - The Open Doors team

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Due South Archive (DSA) a due South fanfiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Due South Archive (DSA) was opened in 1994, and accepted all types of due South fanfiction. To preserve access to the stories for new (and old!) due South fans, the archive will be moved to the AO3.

Open Doors will be working with Speranza, the current archivist, to import the Due South Archive into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. We will begin importing works from the Due South Archive to the AO3 collection after November 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Due South Archive?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

Please contact Open Doors with your Due South Archive pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Due South Archive on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve the Due South Archive!

- The Open Doors team

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The Quidditch Pitch

The Quidditch Pitch (TQP), an all-pairing, all-era Harry Potter archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Quidditch Pitch came into existence on October 31, 2005 with 30 authors and 40 members, and by 2015, had grown into a well-frequented archive with almost 500 authors, about 5,500 stories, and over 41,000 members. Unfortunately, that year the archive's hosting plan expired during a time when the mod, Annie, was not able to renew it, and the original archive was deleted by the hosting provider.

Using a backup of the archive, Open Doors will be working with Annie to import the original archive into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links that directed to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from The Quidditch Pitch to the AO3 collection after October.

What does this mean for creators who had work on The Quidditch Pitch?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your TQP works there, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won't import your works. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on mass-adding works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

2. If you don't already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on importing works to the TQP collection on the AO3.

3. If you don't already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your TQP pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "TQP" in the subject heading.)

If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator's behalf will be attributed with the creator's name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your TQP account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the TQP mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, or tutorials page. If these pages don’t offer the answers you need, you can contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Quidditch Pitch on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We’re pleased to be part of preserving The Quidditch Pitch on the AO3.

- The Open Doors team

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Turkfanfiction.net, a Turkish-language multi-fandom fanfiction and original fiction archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

For nine years, Turkfanfiction.net did its best to bring together all Turkish fanfiction writers and readers while educating and advising them on fandom culture. Now the time has come to move on to bigger and better things. Turkfanfiction.net believes that the Turkish fandom is ready to join to a more organized, strong-footed, international platform while providing more content to the AO3 archive. As Turkfanfiction.net closes, its nine-year internet history will be preserved through the Open Doors project, while encouraging new Turkish authors and readers to join the AO3 archive.

Open Doors will be working with Glenien to import Turkfanfiction.net into a separate, searchable collection on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from Turkfanfiction.net to the AO3 collection after October 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on Turkfanfiction.net?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. 30 days after the import is complete, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the URL redirects, and the site will be permanently closed.

Please contact Open Doors with your Turkfanfiction.net pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Turkfanfiction.net on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Turkfanfiction.net!

- The Open Doors team

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From time to time, the OTW will be hosting guest posts on our OTW News accounts. These guests will be providing an outside perspective on the OTW or aspects of fandom where our projects may have a presence. The posts express each author's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. We welcome suggestions from fans for future guest posts, which can be left as a comment here or by contacting us directly.

Versaphile is "officially an old timer, having been in online fandom since 1995: over the years I’ve been in X-Files, Due South, Stargate SG-1, Lord of the Rings, BTVS/ATS, Hornblower, Life on Mars, Doctor Who, and BBC Merlin fandoms. I used to do a lot of fannish infrastructure projects like recs and archives, as well as vids and manips, but now I’m happy writing ridiculously long and angsty Merlin epics." Today, Versaphile talks about the experience of working with the OTW's Open Doors project as the owner of archives they're working to import into the AO3.

How did you first get into fandom and fanworks?

I inherited my parents’ Star Trek fannishness, but my own first proper fandom was X-Files. I came online in 1994/1995 and discovered Usenet and alt.tv.x-files and more importantly, a.t.x.creative. I got into fanfic and never looked back.

Could you tell us a bit about your archives and how you became involved with them?

I had five archives imported into AO3 via Open Doors, so I’ll start with the biggest, WesleyFanFiction.Net. I came into BTVS/ATS fandom rather late, just when ATS was ending. Wesley was my OTC, so of course I was delighted to discover a whole archive existed full of fic about him. And then one day in 2005 I went to the site and it was gone! I used Google Cache and contacted DJ, the archive admin. She told me that due to eFiction/mySQL vulnerabilities, the site got hacked three times in a month and someone maliciously deleted the database. I had experience with archives and fannish infrastructure and volunteered to resurrect the archive.

At first, neither DJ nor Liz Harris, the archive’s creator, were able to provide a backup of the database so I began recreating it by hand via the Google Cache. Thankfully a few weeks later a backup was found and while it wasn’t quite current, it saved me a lot of work. I got the site back up with all the stories intact and reopened it for new submissions. I also added a new sub-archive for RPS, Innocent Lies.

The next largest archive is The Prydonian, a Doctor Who archive for Doctor/Master. A bit of backstory first: In my previous time in DW fandom, I converted A Teaspoon And An Open Mind from a tiny flat HTML site run by Nostalgia into the central, inclusive eFiction archive it is today. I left the fandom and handed off the site, then returned a few years later with Tenth Doctor/Simm Master. By then Teaspoon had grown huge and rather unwieldy and I wanted to make a space for the Doctor/Master niche of the fandom. Prydonian was a success and I added an RPS subset for that as well, Human Nature.

My last eFiction archive, though not chronologically, is Hornblowerfic.com. I created this during my brief tenure in Horatio Hornblower fandom, mainly as a reaction to having an OTP that the majority of the fandom was hostile or indifferent to, due to a ship war. Though the archive isn’t themed, it was intended as a safe place for William Bush-centric stories.

I maintained all five archives over the years, updating to newer releases of eFiction and dealing with the occasional spam attack. Unfortunately, the spam attacks grew worse over the years and updates to eFiction grew fewer. I have always been a big believer in archiving and keeping old fandom works available, but having left all three fandoms quite some time ago, I was ready to find a permanent, safe place for the archives. Thankfully Open Doors took them in!

How did you hear about Open Doors and how did you come to work with them?

I must have heard about Open Doors from the OTW news blog, which I’ve followed on and off since it began. I came to work with Open Doors as I had several eFiction archives that were getting spam attacks and I didn’t have time to deal with the cleanup anymore. I wanted the archives to have a safe, permanent home and AO3 was perfect for that.

What was the process of working with Open Doors like for you?

The process with Open Doors was very smooth. At the outset I informed OD that I didn’t have the time or energy to spare helping with the import much, but they were able to create/update their import scripts to bring in everything directly from the provided database and site files. Obviously with so many archives and stories it took a while to bring everything in, but they did a fantastic job and I’m very happy with the result.

What advice would you give archive owners or mods that are having similar issues with their archives that you've had?

I think these days people are less inclined to create fandom or character-specific archives, as AO3 is such a wonderful resource. But there are a lot of old archives out there (especially eFiction based), many of them semi-abandoned as fandom activity tapered off or the archivist moved on to a new fandom. I would implore those archivists to bring their archives to Open Doors before all those stories are lost. Spam isn’t going to go away and unfortunately all development on eFiction is now glacial and near vaporware status. The same goes for author-only archives or LiveJournal-based fic. They all need to be saved! Fandom has to move into the future without leaving its past behind. As archivists, it’s our responsibility to save everything we can.

What fandom things have inspired you the most?

Fic is my main jam, especially as I’m a writer myself. And I have to say that the Tumblr-enabled flood of amazing fanart continues to impress me (and I think we need an AO3 equivalent for fanart because at some point Tumblr is going to die and we’re going to lose EVERYTHING). But the most inspiring part of any fandom is the discussions and meta that dig into the heart of the characters and the canon stories.


Don't forget that as part of our Open Doors celebration on Sunday, September 18th from 17:00-19:00 UTC (check when that is in your timezone) we'll be doing a live chat to which you are all invited!

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Three X-Files fanfiction archives, The Basement, ScullySlash and The Spooky Awards, are being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

The Basement is an X-Files m/m slash archive, while the Scully Slash Archive is an X-Files femslash archive with stories primarily focused on Dana Scully but all female X-Files characters are welcome. Works from these archives were also displayed at Red Light District (R rated & above) and the Slipper Archive (PG-13 rated and lower), depending on their rating.

The Spooky Awards were an annual fan-run event to recognize excellence in X-Files fan fiction, and the winners were archived by year on their own site.

The archives are being moved to AO3 to ensure the stories are always available and so that authors may have complete control of their own works.

Open Doors will be working with the moderator, alice ttlg, to import these three archives into separate, searchable collections on the Archive of Our Own. Eventually the links going to the old sites will re-direct to the collections on AO3 so the works can continue to be found with their old URLs.

We will begin importing works from The Basement, ScullySlash and the SpookyAwards to the AO3 collections in September 2016.

What does this mean for creators who have work(s) on The Basement, ScullySlash, or the Spooky Awards?

All works archived on the behalf of a creator will include their name in the byline or the summary of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. Before we import, we'll do our best to check the AO3 for an existing copy. If we find one, we will invite it to the collection instead of importing it.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors. Open Doors will then set up the URL redirects, and we will permanently close down the site.

Please contact Open Doors with your The Basement, ScullySlash, or the Spooky Awards pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), if:

  1. You'd like us to import your works, but you need the notification sent to a different email address than you used on the original archive
  2. You already have an AO3 account and have imported your works already yourself.
  3. You’d like to import your works yourself (including if you don’t have an AO3 account yet).
  4. You would NOT like your works moved to the AO3.
  5. You are happy for us to preserve your works on the AO3, but would like us to remove your name.
  6. If you have any other questions we can help you with.

Please include the name of the archive in the subject heading of your email. If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's great. If you don't, we will work with the moderator to confirm your claims.

Please see the Open Doors Website for instructions on

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of The Basement, ScullySlash, and Spooky Awards on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve The Basement, ScullySlash, and the Spooky Awards!

- The Open Doors team

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Sinful Desire, a Wincest and J2 Supernatural archive, is being imported to the Archive of Our Own (AO3).

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Background explanation

Sinful Desire was started in April 2006, and 10 years later, is home to almost 4,500 stories and has over 3,500 members. However, the archive runs on an outdated version of eFiction, and spambots and other technical upkeep, as well as financial costs, make it difficult for spiffyartgirl, the site administrator, to continue maintaining Sinful Desire as is. To preserve the archive's works and allow it to continue to grow, Open Doors will be working with a migration team to import Sinful Desire into a separate, searchable collection with its own identity. Eventually the links going to the old site will re-direct to the collection on AO3 so the works can continued to be found with their old URLs. We will begin importing works from Sinful Desire to the AO3 collection after September.

What does this mean for creators who have work on Sinful Desire?

This is the part where we ask for your help!

1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your Sinful Desire works there, please contact Open Doors with your Sinful Desire pseud(s) and e-mail address(es), so that we won’t import your works. (Please include "Sinful Desire" in the subject heading.) Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on mass-adding works to the new collection on the AO3, Sinful Desire.

2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your works yourself, please contact Open Doors with your Sinful Desire pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Sinful Desire" in the subject heading.) Please visit the Open Doors website for instructions on importing works to the Sinful Desire collection on the AO3.

3. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one, as well as assistance importing your works, please contact Open Doors with your Sinful Desire pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (Please include "Sinful Desire" in the subject heading.) Once your account is set up, let us know your AO3 name, and we can transfer your works to you once imported.

4. If you would NOT like your works moved, please contact Open Doors with your Sinful Desire pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (Please include "Sinful Desire" in the subject heading.) If you would not mind your works being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let us know that too--we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.

All works archived on a creator’s behalf will be attributed with the creator’s name in the byline of the work. As we import works, we will e-mail notifications to the address associated with the work. When all works have been accounted for, the Open Doors committee will set up the URL redirects.

All imported works will be set to be viewable only by logged-in AO3 users. Once you claim your works, you can make them publicly-viewable if you choose. After 30 days, all unclaimed imported works will be made visible to all visitors.

If you no longer have access to the email account associated with your Sinful Desire account, please contact Open Doors and we'll help you out. (If you've posted the works elsewhere, or have an easy way to verify that they're yours, that's fantastic; if not, we will work with the Sinful Desire mod to confirm your claims.)

If you still have questions...

If you have further questions, visit the Open Doors FAQ page, contact the Open Doors committee, or leave a comment on this post and we'll respond as soon as we can.

We'd also love it if fans could help us preserve the story of Sinful Desire on Fanlore. If you're new to wiki editing, no worries! Check out the new visitor portal, or ask the Fanlore Gardeners for tips.

We're excited to be able to help preserve Sinful Desire!

- The Open Doors team

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